Celebration of music by genius Beethoven

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Composer Beethoven and his music are the topics covered by the next in the series of Thursday concerts at Scarborough Library.

Pianist Frank James and narrator Maria Billington present the event on Thursday January 31 at 12.30pm.

Written by Maria’s late husband Vincent, who started the concerts and was a member of Max Jaffa’s orchestra at the Spa, it tells the story of arguably the greatest of composers.

“He was not only an amazing musical genius, but was also a wonderful human being,” said Mrs Billington.

“He fought many court cases to win custody of his nephew and dedicated all his compositions to God.

“Most of his finest music was composed after he became stone deaf.

“The sublime and powerful works in this concert make it an occasion not to be missed,” she said.

Among his most famous works are Ode to Joy, the Pastoral Symphony, the Eroica and Pathétique sonata. It wrote one opera, Fidelio.

Today Frank James is joined by tenor Martin Dunn to present a programme of popular opera tunes and on February 7 the pianist is in concert.

Future concerts feature the music of Tchaikovsky and Chopin and the song of Caruso.

Each concert is held upstairs at the library. in Vernon Road.

They start at 12.30pm. Admission is by donation.